first_imgOne hundred promising young athletes in eastern Jamaica were among the first to get first-class training in several competitive events at the start of the Digicel/MVP Grassroots Clinic.Now in its fourth year, Digicel has again teamed up with the MVP Track and Field Club to host the series of track and field clinics across Jamaica.The first of the five clinics was held at the Morant Bay High School on Saturday, September 24, where the youngsters from schools in the Surrey county underwent a day of intense training with professionals from the internationally acclaimed athletics club.”Our outstanding success at the Olympics just last month is the reason we see it necessary to continue this programme. Unfortunately, a day will come when these amazing athletes will hang up their spikes. Therefore, development programmes such as the MVP Clinic will help to ensure that Jamaica always has a fresh crop of athletes ready to continue our successes on the world stage,” said Danielia Mclean, sponsorship manager at Digicel.During the day of training, students were taken through six disciplines in track and field, sprinting, hurdling, relays, throws, long distance, and jumps. These sessions were led by stalwart coaches such as Paul Francis, Linval Swaby, and Shanikie Osbourne.”The idea is that through this programme, students and their coaches are introduced to world-class training methods. Additionally, they are introduced to athletic disciplines that they may not have had much exposure to before. Take, for instance, Junelle Bromfield, who competed in hurdles, relays, sprints, and middle distances while at STETHS, she is now focused on the 400m sprint, where she won the IAAF World Under-20 bronze medal this July,” said Bruce James, president of the MVP.The clinic will – in the next two weeks – head to Vere and St Elizabeth Technical High schools after which a number of the top-performing students will be selected to participate in advanced training camps in St James and St Catherine. At the end of the advanced camps, one outstanding athlete will receive a scholarship valued at $1 million to attend the University of Technology and train with the MVP Track & Field Club.Sponsors of the Digicel MVP Grassroots Athletics Programme are Nike, Reggae Jammin, National Commercial Bank, and Gatorade.last_img

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first_imgDear Editor,Whether or not we are inclined to admit it, we cannot deny the fact that British Guiana, now Guyana, is the progenitor of the sugar industry. In this context alone, we need to acknowledge that much respect is due to our forbearers who toiled with sweat and tears to sustain and develop the industry despite the many obstacles that arose from time to time.Even at this stage, centuries later, it is difficult to envision a Guyana without this nodal industry and, therefore, every encouragement and support should be offered to those who are charged with the responsibility of managing the industry. Talk about divestment should not be entertained unless the ‘alternative’ is patently and obviously superior. We should not risk ‘throwing away the baby with the bath-water!’We need to re-commit ourselves to the potential of our sugar industry and to do what it takes to ensure its survival and sustainability.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Each year, the Diamond Bar school welcomes an author to visit the school and help promote literacy. Fraser has written and illustrated over 58 books. Among her books are “Where Are the Night Animals?”, “How Animal Babies Stay Safe” and the “IQ” book series. – From staff reports • Photo Gallery: Stories are made Students at Quail Summit Elementary in Diamond Bar on Thursday received some tips on writing from children’s author and illustrator Mary Ann Fraser. Kids in grades kindergarten through fifth helped Fraser create a story, as they selected the character, setting and problem. “Your imagination is the best tool to use to get ideas,” the children’s book author told the students. last_img

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Wily con artists often fleece trusting and vulnerable seniors in scams but authorities are arming the elderly of Santa Clarita to fight back. Sheriff’s deputies steeped in fraud schemes plan two seminars next week to teach potential victims how not to get stung. “We know, unfortunately, the senior population is targeted as victims because of their age, their trustworthiness and less day-to-day observances of their financial matters,” said Brad Berens, who heads the Santa Clarita Valley Committee on Aging. Officials plan to provide tips on fighting identity theft and other scams. The Santa Clarita Valley is home to roughly 33,000 seniors – ages 60 and older – and by 2016 the number is expected to climb to 56,000, he said. The projection is conservative and the actual number of seniors could be 20 percent more, he added. Statistics on fraud crimes committed on the elderly were not available from local authorities or the FBI, but identity theft is a problem nationwide, the agency says. “The FBI understands that identity theft has become the fastest growing crime in America, and perhaps the fastest growing crime of any kind in our society,” said FBI spokesman Kenneth Smith. “Seniors are vulnerable a lot of times, they’re home alone, many times they live alone, have lost a spouse; they are easy prey.” Con artists may take advantage of their isolation. Many seniors live on fixed incomes but have amassed substantial home equity or lifetime savings. They may have ailments or financial troubles and unwittingly jump at scammers’ quick-fix offers designed to seize their wealth. The schemes and perpetrators can change every few months, making it tough for even wary elders to be on guard. A critical mass is reached when people in their 70s and 80s – who came of age in an era when manners and politeness were highly valued – become the bull’s-eye for burgeoning fraud networks aimed their way. The scams range from an in-person lottery swindle to bogus phone pitches. Sheriff’s Sgt. Gregg Lewison said thieves often approach victims in grocery store parking lots or near banks, showing off a lottery ticket allegedly worth $20,000 and claiming they don’t have proper identification to claim it. “They say `If you give me $5,000 I will give you the lottery ticket and you can turn it in and make a $15,000 profit,”‘ he said. “The bad guy convinces the victim to go the bank or ATM, and the victim withdraws $5,000.” The forged lottery ticket later proves worthless. Unscrupulous telemarketers try to persuade victims to send money or provide bank account, credit card, Social Security, birth date, medical insurance or Medicare information over the phone – and despite their better judgment, many share the prized digits. Claims about anti-aging products or nutritional supplements promising miraculous results may seem dubious – even when endorsed by celebrities – but a high-pressure pitch often clinches the sale, the FBI says. The Better Business Bureau can provide information about complaints lodged against products. Those shopping online for medications may avoid counterfeits by patronizing only licensed vendors with a seal of approval from the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site, the agency says. People should disclose private information only to legitimate sources they’ve dealt with in the past or should be certain who they’re talking to, Lewison said. Some crimes go unreported because victims are embarrassed, unfamiliar with the legal system or don’t realize they’ve been duped until much time has elapsed. “The more the delay, it makes the investigation harder to follow up on,” Lewison said. Though they may forget telling details in the interim, he urges victims to step forward. (661) 257-5255 If you go Meetings to provide information on how to avoid being targeted by scam artists will be held at 2 p.m. March 7 at the Santa Clarita Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall; at 10 a.m. March 8 at the Canterbury Village Senior Center, 23420 Avenida Rotella, Valencia.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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